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World in Progress: Nov 27, 2013

DW (English) on November 27, 2013 20:22

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    Producer: Anke Rasper
    Uruguay racismEight percent of Uruguayans are of African descent. They have higher dropout rates, higher unemployment rates and a lower life expectancy than the general population. New affirmative action legislation, which will go into effect in late December, aims to change those statistics by enacting policies to help Afro-Uruguayans stay in school and by reserving eight percent of government jobs for them.Making the relativity of skin colors visibleBrazil is a melting pot of races and colors that is celebrated for its peaceful diversity but underneath the smiles, prejudice and racism still exist. This apparent contradiction has inspired artist Angelica Dass. Dass photographs people and matches their skin tone to the Pantone numbering system for colors used by designers and photographers.Eritrean freedom fighterHuman rights organizations call Eritrea "Africa's largest prison." Many people try to flee the authoritarian regime of president Isaias Afewerki, who has ruled the country for nearly 20 years. But those who try and are caught can expect to be thrown into prison. Eritrean Mesfin Hagos is fighting against this regime – while in exile in Germany.Chanukah play for kidsJews all over the world have just started to celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights. One of the basic messages is that all of us have a light inside and that when we use it right, miracles can happen. People of all cultures could benefit from that, says our correspondent Zack Baddorf, after attending a children’s play in New Jersey on the topic.

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